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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Feb 18, 2011 11:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Guitar Tone?

Hi Cliff, I'm leaning towards the sunburst Les Paul for most of the71year run but by now Alembic did give him a special that was the start of the effects loops being built in.As to choice of favorite, hands down Tiger then Wolf and going way back in N.Y. Gibson SG. The guitar that I had never liked both in tone and looks was the white Travis Bean model.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Feb 18, 2011 11:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Guitar Tone?

I agree, I think it's the Sunburst Strat, although he was playing that funny-looking Alembic project in March.

As far as tone, I'd probably go with the Graham Nash Strat ("Alligator") or perhaps the Wolf. I don't think he ever achieved the same balance of raw power and buttery smoothness on his other instruments. On the other hand, it's hard to say how his earlier instruments (the SG for example) would have sounded through the more advanced sound systems they were using later on, though Bobby did play an SG (like Jerry's old guitar) for part of the Wall of Sound period.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Feb 18, 2011 12:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Guitar Tone?

I think it's pretty funny he was on a Strat, since this show is often referred to when folks are talking about Garcia's great "SG sound"...

He switched guitars a lot in this period, but was very consistent in sound... At least until after Keith joined; in '72 he seems to have a thinner tone, perhaps to blend in more with the piano.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Feb 18, 2011 1:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Guitar Tone?

Re: Alligator

That guitar was hardly a Strat anymore after the Alembic people had had their way with it. It was a real hodge-podge of a guitar that was being tinkered with all the time. They added new frets, a new bridge, a preamp, and all kinds of new electronics in that old '57 body, though the neck was apparently from a '62!

What I like about the Alligator is that it seems like the last guitar he played where he could still conjure up a real natural sounding clear tone, like in He's Gone, say.

http://www.darkstarpalace.com/2010/11/jerry-garcias-alligator-guitar-roll-yer.html